Check Your Windshield Wipers And Washer FluidS

There's nothing worse than getting out on the freeway, getting slammed with a giant bug, and then flipping on the wipers only to have them spread what remains of the bug over the windshield. A good wiper blade with a full tank of washer fluid should fix this problem.

The Blade
Replacing a wiper blade is a cheap and important task that requires, typically, no tools. The first sign of a bad wiper is if it doesn't work. If you're not sure bend the wiper back from the window to inspect the rubbery blade. As with most rubber car parts, if it is cracked, brittle or worn you need a new one. You can get replacements at an auto store or your favorite big box and it only takes a few seconds.

The Fluid
This is a slightly more advanced procedure as it requires you actually opening the hood. Once the hood is open look for a large clear plastic tub on either side of the engine. Most engines you won't even have to open the thing to see if it is filled to the line or brim with the typically blue fluid. If you can't tell, unscrew the lid. If it is low or empty add more. If it isn't you're in good shape.There's nothing worse than getting out on the freeway, getting slammed with a giant bug, and then flipping on the wipers only to have them spread what remains of the bug over the windshield. A good wiper blade with a full tank of washer fluid should fix this problem. If you're in a climate where icing is a frequent concern consider using a deicing wiper fluid.

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